Friday, October 20, 2017

Immigration Law and Resistance Symposium: Live Blog Post Number 6


The UC Davis Law Review is holding its annual symposium today.  The topic is Immigration Law & Resistance.  I have been blogging over the course of the day.  This is the last post.


Professors Rose Villazor and Michael Kagan


Professors Saucedo and Gulasekaram

The last panel of the day was on Sanctuary and Beyond: State, City, and Individual Resistance.  The panel, which discussed the hot button issue of "sanctuary cities,"  included

  • Rose Cuison-Villazor, UC Davis School of Law, Moderator and Commentator
  • Michael Kagan, UNLV - William S. Boyd School of Law, “Immigrants, Police and the Rhetorical Rule of Law Problem.”  He discussed the power and implications of the word "sanctuary," and its attraction to supporters and critics of policies protecting the rights of immigrants.
  • Leticia Saucedo, UC Davis School of Law, “The Role of the States in Constructing the Desired Immigrant."  Professor Saucedo defends the constitutionality of the California "Values" Act, which has been characterized as the California "sanctuary" law.  She identifies a number of places in the federal immigration laws that rely on decisions by teh state.  
  • Pratheepan Gulasekaram, Santa Clara Law, “Sanctuary Everywhere.”  Professor Gulasekaram presented a paper that he co-authored with Professor Villazor defending the "new sanctuary," and wholly hembraces uses of the term "sanctuary."


Professors Villazor and Gulasekaram

Professor Rose Cuison-Villazor ended an incredibly enriching day with closing remarks. 

Thanks to Professor Villazor and the UC Davis Law Review for a wonderful, well-attended, and topical conference!  A job well done.



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